Lakeway, TX, USA: Parks & Trails
Lakeway City Park
The land for City Park was purchased for $375,000 by the City in July 1991 following a bond election the previous month that passed by 19 votes. Opposition to the park was fierce and opponents forced a second election to sell the park in 1992. This second election, to sell the park, failed by 550 votes and planning for development of the park continued; a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant for $375,000 was secured in late 1992. The park opened to the public in 1993. With over 3300 feet of shoreline and 64 acres, the purchase price of $375,000 plus the accompanying grant, the acquisition of this park has to be considered one of the most quality purchases by any City in the State of Texas. Through the years, the park was overseen by the City Parks & Recreation Commission. Through the work of the Commission, many amenities, including a Dog Park, various gardens, and a second playscape were added.
Over the years countless volunteers assisted with maintenance and other improvements. One of the most valuable contributions by volunteers were cedar eradication, erosion control through construction of silt-rock fences, and restoration of the native landscape.
While the park has a well mowed grassy beach area and a paved walking trail, the vast majority of the acreage remains in its natural native hill country landscape with numerous native trees, shrubs, grasses, and other natural species.
Remnants of an old rock fence constructed by early German settlers still exist.